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Professor Tom Shakespeare

BA Hons PhD FBA

Professor
of disability research

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
0207 612 7872

Trained in social and political sciences at Cambridge University, I subsequently studied for an MPhil and Phd.  I have taught and researched at the Universities of Sunderland, Leeds, Newcastle and East Anglia.  From 2008-2013, I was a technical officer at the World Health Organisation, Geneva, where I co-authored and co-edited the World Report on Disability (2011) and International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury (2014).  My books include: the Sexual Politics of Disability (1996); Disability Rights and Wrongs (2006; 2014); Disability - the Basics (2017).  I was a member of Arts Council, England (2003-2008) and Nuffield Council on Bioethics (2013-2019).  I am currently chair of Light for the World - UK, and vice-chair of Light for the World International.

Affiliations

Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Research

Teaching

I teach on disability and development, including sexual and reproductive health of disabled people.

Research

My qualitative social research has been with disabled people, in UK and Africa, exploring social and economic consequences of impairment and illness.   Specific projects have been about: disabled people's sexual and reproductive rights; disabled childhoods; resilience and success for disabled people in Africa; independent living and social care; rights-based rehabilitation; mental health recovery.  I also have an interest in bioethics as it pertains to disabled people, specifically prenatal testing and end of life and assisted dying.

Research Area
Health inequalities
Human genetics
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Ethics
Global Health
Public understanding
Qualitative methods
Reproductive health
Discipline
Sociology
Disease and Health Conditions
Disability
Country
United Kingdom
India
Kenya
Sri Lanka
Mozambique
Sierra Leone
Tanzania
Uganda
South Africa
Zambia
Region
European Union
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)